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Community catch-up 3: Researchers Retreat

Communities research group at Woodenbong

The Communities Projects held a researchers retreat in Ballina, Northern NSW in February 2010. The retreat was designed to balance work and fun, providing an opportunity for researchers to meet and discuss their projects as well as experience forestry issues (and food and culture!) of this region.


With many new students just starting their research projects we took the time to work through the diversity of projects being undertaken within the Communities Project. With backgrounds in forestry, environmental psychology, rural sociology, education and business management, the strengths of the Communities research team encouraged new (and old) researchers towards the development of improved methodologies with a greater appreciation of challenges associated with both social research and forest management.


A highlight of the retreat was the half day field trip. Armed with a picnic lunch and a full tank of fuel we headed off to the Upper Clarence, a study region for projects 4.3.4 and an affiliated research project. The opportunity to talk with local community members and appreciate the changing rural landscape provided much needed context for the researchers to understand the dynamic and complex nature of social research in forest management.

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